It is important that we, all Canadians, provide veterans and their families with the care and support they deserve and need. The benefits and services that are in place to support veterans and families are intended to create six key outcomes: 1) support family well-being, including a new tax-free caregiver recognition benefit of $1,000 a month and the elimination of the one-year time limit for eligible spouses and survivors to access the Rehabilitation and Vocational Assistance Program; 2) ensure financial security, including a supplementary retirement benefit; 3) provide education and training, including a new benefit for up to $80,000 in financial support and an improved career transition program; 4) ensure access to health care, including long term care; 5) provide rehabilitation for injured veterans, including robust case management; and 6) support mental health, including stress injury clinics and access to the PTSD Centre of Excellence.
On April 1st, 2019, the Pension for Life Plan will come into effect, offering financial security to ill and injured veterans by providing up to $2,650 per month tax-free to compensate for pain and suffering. Veterans whose injuries prevent them from finding gainful work will also receive 90% of their pre-release salary.
More specific information can be found at https://www.veterans.gc.ca/ and we are always pleased to help anyone access the resources they need.
From coast to coast to coast, Canadians hold veterans in the highest regard. Remembrance Day ceremonies in our communities are serious and special. How many times do you hear someone say that they have been coming since they were young children? On the Sunshine Coast, there are four Royal Canadian Legion branches in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt and Pender Harbour. In the constituency as a whole there are six more branches, from West Vancouver all the way north to Pemberton. Not all communities have quite this many, and I think it is a reflection of the fact that both more populated towns and rural or remote communities have all evolved with veterans we respect and legion halls that are important.
Recently on the Sunshine Coast, the 2963 Seaforth Highlanders of the Canada Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps celebrated their 40th anniversary. Congratulations to the Seaforth Highlanders, and thank you for the role cadets play in annual Remembrance Day ceremonies and beyond. From a community facilities perspective, local legions have benefited from the New Horizons for Seniors funding program, mostly to ensure that legion buildings remain in good repair and accessible to all. Thank you to the volunteers who work with me and our staff team to advance funding proposals.
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